MSAR has a busy week on the Fraser

MSAR has a busy week on the Fraser

The salmon are running and the fisherman are out all along the Fraser River. The week of September 14th, Mission Search & Rescue was called out three times to rescue fisherman either stranded on a sandbar or with boat trouble. We’d like to make the following recommendations:

1.  Ensure your boat is in good working order
2.  Have all safety equipment required by Transport Canada for the size of your vessel
3.  Know your tides – at this time of year, the Fraser River levels are more affected by tidal changes
4.  And if you run into problems, call 911 immediately




Mission Search & Rescue – Recruiting Has Closed!

We would like to thank everyone who applied to Mission Search & Rescue this year. After a great Information Session, a Fitness Test and Interviews, we have selected our 2014 GSAR Class. Classes will be starting soon and we are excited to have a great group of new recruits. If you are still interested in information about joining the team, please check out our Volunteer Page. We will keep your information on file for next year and contact you when we start the recruitment process again. Our Recruiting Drive usually starts in Late July to Early September, with our GSAR class starting at the beginning of October.

Mission Search & Rescue is Now Recruiting!

Mission Search & Rescue is now recruiting for our Fall intake class. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with MSAR, please check out the Volunteer page on this site or send us an email at

We will be holding an information session on Thursday, September 11 at our base to go over the SAR (Search and Rescue) mandate as well as our course outline, student expectations, and interviewing process. The basic GSAR (Ground Search & Rescue) course is five to six months long, and there is no cost to attend. Email us if you are interested in attending the info session or would like additional information.

DATE: Thursday, September 11th – Session starts at 19:00. This session will take approx. 1 hour.

On Sunday, September 14, we will take prospective recruits on a hike – times to be determined. This will be a mandatory hike for anyone interested in taking the GSAR course scheduled to start September 30, 2014. The hike will be local and will require basic outdoor apparel/equipment. Full details will be discussed at the Information session.

During the week following the hike, interviews will be conducted with those who are still interested in becoming a volunteer. Weekly GSAR classes will start Tuesday, September 30 at 19:00.

Basic Requirements: You are at least 19 years of age, physically fit, active in the outdoors or wilderness, have a clean criminal record and are interested in search and rescue.

Mission Search & Rescue Rescues Injured Wake Boarder on Stave Lake

Mission’s Search and Rescue (MSAR) team helped rescue a wake boarder on Stave Lake Monday, July 21. The woman, who appeared to be in her 20s, was injured while wake boarding on the lake near Cypress Point, about 35 minutes from the boat launch area.

“She was badly injured with a suspected broken leg and had to be stretchered out,” said John Lemond, president of MSAR. The team was called out to assist paramedics who could not access that area of the lake. “We transported the paramedics in our jet boat from the Stave Lake boat launch,” Lemond explained. The first responders stabilized the woman and transported her to hospital.

MSAR is a non-profit organization made up of volunteers who assist RCMP, BC Ambulance Service and BC Coroners Service with search and rescue tasks. The group is looking for more volunteers and will be holding an information session in September for anyone interested. For more information about MSAR, e-mail

Mission Search & Rescue is Recruiting!

Mission Search & Rescue is looking for some new recruits.   We will have a booth set up at MissionFest – July 26, 2014 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Come down and talk to some of our members to find out if Search & Rescue is right for you.

We will be holding an information session in early September for those interested and the following week, will take potential recruits on an introductory hike.

We will be running our basic level ground search and rescue course (GSAR), most likely starting in late September, for selected candidates.  Check out our website for more information and try the Quiz on the Volunteer page.  Applications will be available at MissionFest, or you can send us an e-mail to for more information.

Mission Search & Rescue Hosts Successful Fundraiser

On Saturday, June 7, Mission Search & Rescue hosted its third Drive-A-Ford 4UR Community Event at the Mission Junction.  It was an incredibly successful event due to the great efforts of the Mission SAR members and their families.  Monies raised by the event – $20 for every test drive – will go to help support Mission SAR’s training and operations during the year.

MSAR is a registered non-profit organization in the province of British Columbia. Its primary function is that of a community resource to assist the RCMP, the BC Ambulance Service and the BC Coroners Service in a variety of search and rescue functions. All members are 100 per cent volunteer and are on call 24/7.

Mission Search & Rescue Locates Missing Hiker

On Sunday, June 1, Mission Search & Rescue was called to assist the Mission RCMP in locating a missing 47 year old male hiker who was lost at Cascade Falls.   Mission SAR members were already deployed to the motor vehicle accident on Norrish Creek Forest Service Road, so the Central Fraser Valley SAR team provided valuable assistance on this call.  After an overnight search, the missing hiker was located and able to walk out to the parking lot.

Mission Search & Rescue Assists RCMP

On Sunday, June 1, members of Mission Search & Rescue (MSAR) were asked to assist Mission RCMP after the report of a motor vehicle collision on Norrish Creek Forest Service Road, east of Mission.  Police say a Honda CRV with two occupants had been traveling south on Norrish Creek road, around the four-kilometre mark, when witnesses observed it begin to lose control and fishtail while negotiating a curve in the road.  The vehicle went off the road and plunged approximately 160 feet down an embankment.  Unfortunately, both the driver and passenger died at scene.  Due to the location of the vehicle, MSAR, with the assistance of Ridge Meadows Search & Rescue were called to facilitate the recovery.


Members of Mission Search and Rescue recently attended the Graduation for seven new members. The Ground Search and Rescue (GSAR) course which is administered by the Justice Institute of BC is 5 to 6 months in duration and involves creating competencies in skills such as search techniques, first aid, and navigation. This is the first level for any Mission SAR member and consists of both written and practical examinations. Recognition was also handed out to members who completed certifications in Rope Rescue, Swift Water, GSTL, RRTL, Cold Water Immersion and OFA III.

Also in attendance to congratulate our new members was Inspector Richard Konarski of the Mission RCMP Detachment.